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What is another word for brooding?

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Adjective
Having a forbidding appearance
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“To many, mangroves present a dark, brooding environment, not easily penetrated and full of horrors such as sandflies, mosquitoes, and crocodiles.”
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Being deep in thought, or characterized by thoughtfulness
“Lord Seaforth had no such distraction from his brooding thoughts, no such refuge from his own society.”
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Bad-tempered or sulky
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“Daddy's in a brooding mood, so we crack our crabs quietly and suck out the meat without hardly making a sound.”
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Forgetful or careless due to distraction
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(of a person) Reserved or uncommunicative in speech
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momUS
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Inspiring fear or awe through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable
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Having a somber or dismal atmosphere or nature
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Characterized by an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease
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(archaic) In a late stage of pregnancy
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A devotional exercise of, or leading to contemplation
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A series of pleasant thoughts that distract one's attention from the present
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Verb
Present participle for to think or contemplate deeply about something
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“The gods went to the mortal realm and began to brood on how to get rid of these demons permanently.”
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Present participle for to fret or worry deeply about something
“At that time, Frost supposed that a rival had stolen Elinor from him, and he traveled south to brood on his misfortune.”
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Present participle for to keep an egg warm, allowing it to hatch
“The female, unannounced, returns after her quest for food to brood her eggs for the remainder of the night.”
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Present participle for to worry or agonize about something, especially on one's own
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Present participle for to act in a dreamily infatuated manner
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Present participle for to deplete, or be depleted, in physical strength or energy
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